The Cult of the State

Ace just nails it.

(I can only hope I’m on “the Cult’s list of approved devils”)

‘“To make life as difficult for people as we can”​—​that would be an apt motto for the Obama worldview. ‘

The Weekly Standard calls a National Park Service goon a goon. Read the whole thing.

This is how deep the politicization of Barack Obama’s administration goes. The Park Service falls under the Department of the Interior, and its director is a political appointee. Historically, the directorship has been nonpartisan and the service has functioned as a civil, not a political, unit. Before the current director, Jonathan Jarvis, was nominated by President Obama, he’d spent 30 years as a civil servant. But he has taken to his political duties with all the fervor of a third-tier hack from the DNC, marrying the disinterested contempt of a meter maid with the zeal of an ambitious party apparatchik.

If you don’t think these shutdowns aren’t instigated out of pure spite, perhaps you’ll believe they are planned distractions to yet another Obama disaster.

Regardless, even the ‘low-information’ sorts are beginning to realize the President believes he’s a King.

[…]the federal government wasn’t so much regretfully informing the public that the money had run dry as it was attempting to remove its Royal blessing from a local Lord who does not rely on it. Nobody who genuinely recognizes government as the deferential servant of a naturally free people would view the state this way. Peeved Kings, convinced of their divine right and keen to demonstrate the folly of recalcitrant subjects, on the other hand, most certainly would. “It’s my party, and you’ll cry if I want you to,” our mandarins in D.C. appeared to say.

If you attended high school before 1976, you’ll know we fought a war to get rid of the last King. For those who didn’t, and therefore didn’t get their American history the way it should be taught, this link will get you started.

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Lifting the Dragon’s Breath

No matter who Obama believes he is, even Merlin couldn’t cast a spell that lasted forever.

For the last year, I’ve been sick at heart. People can be such disappointments. The hypocrisy we’ve personally witnessed both close at hand and from afar is enough to turn most folks’ stomachs. The God Business is not for the faint at heart. Add to that watching the foundation of a country that I love crack and crumble a little more each day – no wonder I can’t sleep and my gut churns like I’ve taken a double Miralax with a crack chaser with my morning oatmeal.

Then last week, at the first hint of that swirling mist around Benghazi might lift, Jeff at Protein Wisdom voiced all my disgust in one post. Read it all. I’ll wait.

Since then, Obama’s web of deceit began to unravel. The IRS. The AP. The EPA. The Sebelius healthcare shakedown. And Drudge promises there is more to come. Plenty of linky goodness, so no need to link here.

And right on cue, we get the news that The White House authorized the IRS target practice.

Ace has started a scorecard. Heh.

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I feel like Theoden having just been freed by Gandalf from Wormtongue’s tortured whispers.

Now if I could only get rid of this lingering stomach virus…

BREAKING: Even DC is turning on Obama now…

Quote of the Day, “For the Children”

Michelle Malkin:

What has happened to the deliberative process in this country? Public debate in Washington has deteriorated into Sesame Street sing-a-longs. We are already inundated with logical fallacies: argumentum ad populum (it’s popular, therefore it’s true); argumentum ad nauseam (if you repeat it often enough, it’ll become truth); argumentum ad hominem (sabotage the person, sabotage the truth); and argumentum ad verecundiam (if my favorite authority says it’s true, it’s true).

To that list we can now add “argumentum ad filium”: If politicians appeal to the children, it’s unassailably good and true. The Obama White House has shamelessly employed this kiddie human shield strategy at every turn to blunt substantive criticism and dissent.

Once a Sharecropper, Always a Sharecropper, How Sweet It Is!

Mary Katherine Ham, fellow distinguished alum of the University of Georgia, outlines at HotAir the GAO’s reminder that “Houston, we have a problem…”

… Democrats and liberals seem pretty keen on slipping over the cliff, despite possible economic damage. Yes, that’s because they can be nearly 100 percent sure the press will never punish Democrats for not making a deal. They haven’t punished them for breaking the law by not passing budgets for three years, even though they admit they simply don’t want to put their ideas on paper because of political considerations. There was hardly a price to pay for any failure of Obama’s first four years in office because there was a Republican in office before him, so why wouldn’t they assume they can successfully pin the blame on Republicans still actually in office? The calculus has to change for them if anyone expects them to do anything that might avert debt disaster, ever. The press does us all a disservice by not dissecting President Obama’s current plan and four years of utter abdication on budget and debt issues with the same gusto and skepticism it reserves for Mitt Romney’s CostCo shopping cart contents.

All that being said, Republicans can’t ignore the fact that the public is placing blame on them, fairly or unfairly. Counting on the press to be fair enough to change the dynamic is a fool’s errand. It’s therefore the responsibility of Republican leadership to present its ideas with some kind of understanding of the unfriendly ground on which it’s playing. For instance, at least holding a press conference for what it hopes will be a game-changing counter-offer instead of sending a letter that’s quickly ignored in time to get back to Obama’s talking points.

Obama wants America to fail. It’s in his day planner, highlighted with glitter stickers and scribbled hearts and smiley faces with turbans.

Why else would his media brain trust pay an intimate visit to the WH on Tuesday?

That Obama Press Conference…Yeah, Right

I didn’t plan to watch it, because watching him yammer on makes me want to throw things at the TV. And that was pre-election.

Ace called it “a smoghastbord of evasions and rehearsed feigned outrage.” I wonder if he meant that typo. Subliminal, and all.

Also, because I know you care about such things, Obama has now lost that inconvenient gray hair he sported the last few months of the campaign. It’s magic.

Quote of the Day Election

Smitty has fire in the belly (emphasis his):

The idea of a cowardly POTUS, whose ‘gutsy calls’ come only after excessive amounts of Hamlet-esque hand-wringing is staggering. If you don’t grasp the basic notion of “never-leave-a-buddy”, then you are not fit for the role of Commander-in-Chief at all. I would muster measurably more respect for BHO if it turned out he was a Machiavellian scoundrel who was using U.S. lives as hostage bait. Let Ambassador Stevens become a useful crisis for October, to own the news cycle, and freeze out Romney. In such a scenario, he’d do some grand deal around Halloween, and then victory laps until the election. One wishes for certainty that this was not the intent of Benghazi.

Now we see how, BHO’s lack of loyalty down turns into a lack of loyalty up. There exists a category of no-talent clown who thinks that rank or office is what matters, and fundamentals like “never leave a buddy” do not. Au contraire, mon fine French frere. Sir Blames-a-lot may point a finger, but the information leaks are going to continue to point back at him. Obama really isn’t anyone’s buddy, and he’s not actually getting left behind. At least not in the same sense as Stevens, Smith, Woods, and Doherty. Yet the same callous indifference Obama offered Americans in a real-world crisis is being repaid him in spades.

Couldn’t happen to a more deserving piece of work.

Heh. Give that man a bullhorn.

“#Benghaziquiddick”… because ‘%gate’ doesn’t come with death tolls. BAM.

What She Said, Plus Bonus Points of the WHY of Benghazigate

Elizabeth Scalia, The Anchoress, zeroes in on the Lying Adolescent in Chief and his troupe of Eddie Haskells like a laser-targeted drone.

Every single thing she said is TRUE. The President lied to the nation. Anyone working in our government who knew anything about that night lied to the nation. And the press cowered and simpered, like a well-dressed Wormtongue, covering and twisting the narrative to help their Master.

…there should be a pile of resignations on his desk, and perhaps his own resignation should be at the very top.

Bonus Answer: Perhaps the weeks of denials and lies are to cover up the real reason for Benghazigate – Obama has been gun-running in the Middle East to such a scale that Fast & Furious looks like the Drunken Teacups ride at Disney World.

The Three Faces of Obama

The first debate gave us adolescent Obama, skulking about the back of Miss Crowley’s class.

The second debate gave us the shouting Obama, shouting tired slogans at the weekly #OccupyWhatever rally.

The third debate gave us the rude, condescending Obama. Watching with the Hubster, we were struck by the arrogant tones that floated through his answers. Again, he constantly interrupted Romney, tell him he was wrong, when really Obama was the wrong one. Some of the zingers were obviously rehearsed, but the delivery was absolutely, unequivocally and UNPRESIDENTIALLY disrespectful of his opponent. Such a man does not deserve to sit in the Oval Office, much less for four more years.

Of course, for any decent commentary you have to go across the pond. Tim Stanley of The Telegraph:

But here’s why it [the horses and bayonets comment] was also a vote loser. For a start, Twitter immediately lit up with examples of how the US Army does still use horses and bayonets (horses were used during the invasion of Afghanistan). More importantly, this was one example of many in which the President insulted, patronised and mocked his opponent rather than put across a constructive argument. His performance was rude and unpresidential. Obama seemed to have a touch of the Bidens, wriggling about in his chair, waving his hands dismissively and always – always – smirking in Romney’s direction. By contrast, Romney sucked up the abuse and retained a rigid poker face all night. He looked like a Commander in Chief; Obama looked like a lawyer. Who would you rather vote for?

Stacy has the round-up, complete with handy Obama-translations for diplomatic terms. (insert term here) ________ = More Golf.

Just hours after the debate, Obama realized he’d not presented his second term agenda, so he dusted off an old homework binder from under the bed and turned it in, late, hoping for extra credit. Not.

Remember who tried to warn America that Obama would be the new Jimmy Carter? John McCain.

Two weeks to go.

Post-Debate Soup

Yeah, yeah, I know… I’ve been absent from most of the pre-election gabfest. First of all, work is taking up lots of time these days. Then add the worry of our own personal looming fiscal cliff, one kid far away in liberal land and SICK, and generously over-season with frighteningly forgetful parents. That is my mood. Got a problem with it?

Honestly, I think it’s over. It was over before the first debate, the one where Obama didn’t show up. People began to quietly exhale and float the idea that the widely broadcast and thusly assumed second term wasn’t going to happen. On a short trip to North Georgia Saturday, we noted the absence of Obama signs. Anywhere.

Then last night, Obama came out on the offensive (literally) and turned off everybody else. The strident tone, the whining, the interruptions, the freaky body language, the continual lying. Even with a sympathetic moderator (in soccer, we’d call that “home-cookin'”), he came across as petulant and fractious, clearly annoyed that participation in such an event was beneath him. His own wife couldn’t follow the debate rules. Remember, rules don’t apply to them.

Romney acted more Presidential, if there even is such a thing anymore.

A former Obama aide this week noted that Obama really doesn’t like people. You could see it on his face last night.

Whether a tie, or a win for Romney, no matter what, Obama lost last night. The next debate is on foreign policy. Watching Obama get shredded with his own words will be pure entertainment.

UPDATE: Ed Morrissey at HotAir also noted the President’s tone and demeanor and had some interesting points on the rather animated Luntz focus group that followed the debate.

UPDATE II: Public speaking is hard, especially under pressure and even more so on an international stage. But deep down inside, he knows. (H/T Tammy Bruce)

President Smarty Pants

Dripping with snark, Marc Theissen mocks the superior intellect of That Guy in the Oval Office.

This president, you see, does not need briefers. He can forgo his daily intelligence meeting because he is, in [Tommy] Vietor’s words, “among the most sophisticated consumers of intelligence on the planet.”

Truly sophisticated consumers of intelligence don’t see it as a sign of weakness to “be briefed” by the experts. Most of us, if we subscribed to a daily report on, say, astrophysics, would probably need some help interpreting it. But when it comes to intelligence, Obama is apparently so brilliant he can absorb the most complicated topics by himself in his study. He does not need to sit down for up to an hour a day with top intelligence officials, or hold more than 100 “deep dives” in which he invites CIA analysts into the Oval Office and gives them direct access to the commander in chief to discuss their areas of expertise. Such meetings are crutches this president does not need. Written briefings, questions and comments are enough. Obama has more important things to do — such as attend Las Vegas fundraisers.

No doubt the intelligence community has adapted to its diminished access to the commander in chief and is finding a way to get the president the intelligence he needs. Members of the community have endured a lot these past 3 1/2 years — accusations of torture from the Oval Office; more than 100 criminal investigations from the Obama Justice Department that resulted in zero — zero — criminal charges being filed; a president who is quick to claim credit for killing Osama bin Laden while denying credit to the CIA interrogators who made the mission possible. They’ll survive not being invited more frequently into the Oval Office.

Read the whole thing.

Maybe if he’d opened his briefing book, instead of making a tee time or checking to see if he has a voicemail from Beyonce, four Americans might still be alive.

A Nerve Hit, Did He?

Well, no wonder, since the nerve is the size of a fully-operational Death Star. I’m talking about that quivering mass of festering, twitching tissue know as the liberal MSM. Or as Stacy calls them, partisan publicists.

They are not independent journalists, they’re partisan publicists, yet they expect to be taken seriously as reporters when they can’t even be bothered to do a Google search and find out when a factory closed.

They are a disgrace to the profession to which they claim to belong. Truth matters. Truth is precious and powerful. Liars are a dime a dozen.

During the last night of the RNC, in the line-up before Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech, Clint Eastwood showed up and MOCKED their idol. Remember Alinsky’s Rule 5:

“Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.”

The media immediately reacted, in their typical fashion.

The media, naturally, is furious. They don’t like to see Their Precious One mocked and they also understand the power of mockery — which is why they keep Stewart and Colbert on such a tight leash. This is why the media has already written 25 stories (5 from Politico) mocking Eastwood.

Had Eastwood said the things the media likes to hear with the same nervousness and hesitation, they would’ve called him wizened and seasoned. But because he mocked Their Precious One, suddenly he’s some kind of embarrassment.

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All I can say in response is: Go to hell you Obama-shilling crybabies. Eastwood showed more grit and honestly in those few minutes than you water carriers have during your entire propaganda-for-the-collective careers.

What Eastwood did tonight was funnier, fresher, edgier, and braver than anything those comedy cowards Chris Rock, Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert have done in 15 years.

82 years-old, and Dirty Harry is still pissing all the right people off.

My hero.

But heed a warning here, you mock Eastwood at your peril. For my generation at least, Clint is our John Wayne. He is the age of most of our fathers. He has that same dogged determination, that ‘make my day/get off my lawn’ attitude that most of us responsible, law-abiding taxpayers grew up under. And we recognize that tone before a full sentence is even uttered. Pay attention and pay attention now, because I’m not going to say it again, punk. Pick on him, and you pick on our dads, our uncles, our grandfathers, our brothers. The bedrock generation of this nation.

Clint’s best line of the night, I think, was this:

…you, we — we own this country.
We — we own it. It is not you owning it, and not politicians owning it. Politicians are employees of ours.
And — so — they are just going to come around and beg for votes every few years. It is the same old deal. But I just think it is important that you realize , that you’re the best in the world. Whether you are a Democrat or Republican or whether you’re libertarian or whatever, you are the best. And we should not ever forget that. And when somebody does not do the job, we got to let them go.

Obama, et al., you’re fired.

Now get off my lawn.

They Don’t Teach Economics at Harvard Law

And boy, does it show. Read it all. I’ll wait.

In other economic news, Queen Michelle FLOTUS wears a $6,800 jacket to the Olympic party at Buckingham Palace.

The cost of that jacket would pay our mortgage for 5 months. Not that we’re hurting or anything since Hubs lost his job. Heaven forbid we’re not grateful for our Benevolent Imperial Federal Government and all.

The President’s Very Bad Week

Just a quick round-up to get the revved up for this week, which promises to be a very bad week for POTUS, as if last week wasn’t bad enough…

Doug Ross’ Top Ten Takeaways from the Obama-Holder coverup

The White House OOZE is not a new party drink, trust me.

Durham, NH is considering dis-inviting the Prez for a campaign stop since the campaign has already declined reimbursing the town for the expected 17K-30K bill for increased security. Caveat emptor, indeed.

Bill Whittle, Heads on Pikes Edition.

Harry Truman once said, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” Obama has “evolved” that phrase as well, so now it’s “If you can’t stand the heat, head to the golf course.”

And the icing on the cake, so to speak… The Obama campaign has sunk to a new low. How low you ask? This low.

#AllUrWeddingPrezBeOurs

They must be very desperate at this point.

UPDATE: Fausta has a brilliant idea – let’s all sent O a toaster!

Breaking: The Election may be over before it even starts….

Orignally, I was going to post something about the impending contempt vote against Holder along the line of “The Giant Game of Chicken,” or something. Then Twitter blew up this morning when Crook1 Eric Holder asked Crook2 President Obama to exercise Executive Privilege over #FastandFurious.

Bam.

Ask and ye shall receive.

Oh my, it will be a busy day. Ace has more…

UPDATE: Point of order – Why would Obama use Executive Privilege if he supposedly, according to Holder’s testimony, never saw any documents related to #FastandFurious? Hmmm… Either Obama lied or Holder perjured himself. Per Issa: The contempt motion will be moving forward…

UPDATE II: Twitchy has a long and entertaining feed on #FastandFurious.

UPDATE III: Shades of Richard Nixon. More from Michelle Malkin, Ben Howe, Moe Lane, William Jacobson.

UPDATE IV: Boom. Full vote next week….

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